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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

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Arts at Work Around the Globe: Turkey’s Weekday Office, Weekend Museum Turns 5 Years Old

Borusan Holding, one of Turkey’s leading and largest industrial conglomerates and longtime supporter of the arts, promotes community and staff involvement through a weekend museum in its headquarters, the century-old Yusuf Ziya Pasa Mansion in Rumeli Hisari. When it first opened in September 2011, Chairman Ahmet Kocabiyik, stated, “Just as in Borusan, where we work with the possibilities brought to us by contemporary tendencies in all fields, we tried to add the newest and the most experimental pieces of contemporary art to our collection. We are… aware of the risks involved in investing in the experimental works of today's artists, but this is also an extension of our business life principles. ”

 

Over the past five years, the museum has fully lived its mission to exhibit both modernity and Istanbul’s cultural heritage through utilizing the historic mansion and experimental, contemporary art. Furthermore, the collection remains primarily run by volunteers from the staff, allowing them to experience their office in an entirely different light. Borusan has truly outdone itself, not only by embracing the spotlight, but also engaging employees in a fun and culturally immersive fashion.

 

For similar, innovative global initiatives of arts transforming the workplace, check out The Corporate Art Brief.

 

(Photo courtesy of Huffington Post)

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